SARS-CoV-2 spike mutations during transmission among humans and to animals
Published: Tue, 04 May 2021 08:27:32 +0000

A fascinating new study discusses the 40 mutations that are seen on the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) spike protein and their potential effects on viral biology.

Tokyo logs 609 daily coronavirus cases amid worry about variants
Published: Tue, 04 May 2021 07:42:43 +0000

Tokyo reported on Tuesday 609 new daily coronavirus cases, the metropolitan government said. The figure was lower than 708 cases confirmed on Monday but concerns remain over increasing reports of infections with highly contagious variants of the virus in the capital and other areas.

Indonesia diagnoses two with mutant virus strain from India
Published: Mon, 03 May 2021 10:03:26 +0000

Indonesia has recorded two patients carrying a highly infectious coronavirus disease variant first identified in India in the capital Jakarta, the health minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said on Monday, Reuters reports.

Malaysia reports first case of Indian Covid-19 variant
Published: Mon, 03 May 2021 10:02:09 +0000

Malaysia has detected its first case of a highly infectious coronavirus variant first identified in India, Health Minister Adham Baba said on Sunday (May 2), days after imposing a ban on flights from India.

Scientists warned India over a new variant in early March. They say they were ignored.
Published: Sat, 01 May 2021 10:30:45 +0000

A forum of scientific advisers set up by the government warned Indian officials in early March of a new and more contagious variant of the coronavirus taking hold in the country, five scientists who are part of the forum said. Despite the warning, four of the scientists said the federal government did not seek to impose major restrictions to stop the spread of the virus. Millions of largely unmasked people attended religious festivals and political rallies that were held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, and opposition politicians.